I have always been trying to understand from the bottom of my heart to find the answer, whether it was my own Capabilities, dedication, determination and a tremendous sense of commitment or was it my fate or destiny that also helped me in all my endeavors, which made it possible for MIT to happen. I have still not found the correct answer, but I sincerely feel that both these factors have played equal roles in my mission.
Prof. Dr. Vishwanath D. Karad – an eminent educationist having a teaching experience of more than 40 years in College of Engineering as an Undergraduate and Postgraduate Professor, is a man of great vision who is totally committed to the development of technical education and the cause of raising the qualities of life for the Indian masses. He was awarded the Doctorate in Philosophy and Education by the International University of Washington.
He is the founder of various initiatives such as World Paece Dome, Maharashtra Institute of Technology, WORLD PEACE CENTER of MAEER’s MIT, Pune, UNESCO CHAIR for Human Rights, Democracy and Peace, MIT World Peace University Shree Kshetra Alandi Parisar Vikas Samiti, Saint Shree Dnyaneshwara and Saint Shree Tukaram Endowment Lecture Series Trust.
Furthermore, Prof Dr V D Karad has been honored by the various awards such as National award for the year 1992 for the most outstanding work in Engineering and Technical Education for his commendable rural development work in the field of Environmental and Pollution Control at Shree Kshetra Alandi-Dehu, “Madhav – Mandakini Award” for his commendable work in the field of Rural Development – Environmental and Pollution Control at Shree Kshetra Alandi – Dehu in Pune district for changing the outlook of these holy places. He has been member of various organizations of national international repute.
Prof. Vishwanath D Karad Sir’s journey begins in a rural village not unlike the thousands in present day Maharashtra. Professor Karad Sir’s first schooling experience was under his village Headmaster, Guruji Shri Venkatraoji Kulkarni, who conducted his classes out of a cowshed. After the cattle were taken to the fields, all of the children would sweep the floor and remove the dung before sitting on their ‘seats’ which were nothing more than tattered gunny bags. This inculcated a deep value and reverence for education in him.
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Having come from a devout Warkari family Prof Karad Sir’s formative years were spent in learning from his Guruji and the teachings of the great philosopher-saints, Shri Dnyaneshwara and Sant Tukaram. He initially wanted to become a Collector. He was advised to take the Science Stream instead of the Arts one so as to have more options available at the completion of his graduation. So he chose to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
He remembers being greatly influenced by the drought that hit Maharashtra in 1972, a drought that could have been avoided had there been qualified engineers in Irrigation and PWD. Coming from a rural, Warkari background Prof Karad Sir deeply empathised with the plight of people dependent on rain and water for sustenance. Another incident that convinced him of the need for Institutions that cater to students who wish to pursue engineering came when he met a student who had become suicidal as a result of being unable to get a seat in an Engineering Institute despite having great marks; and though he was able to coax him away from that eventuality, he was nonetheless shaken up because of it. Prof Karad Sir therefore decided to study the problem more closely.
Upon careful inspection of the issue, it was discovered that despite meteoric growth in the demand for qualified engineers throughout India (and particularly in Maharashtra), Maharashtra still had 7 Engineering Institutes producing only 1600 Engineers a year! Not only that, but Maharashtra was losing close to Rs 30 Crores annually as the local students would look to other states to fulfil their dreams of becoming engineers. Something had to be done to remedy this, and fast…
This journey was started by Prof Karad Sir by writing an article for the Maharashtra Times on 14th April 1981 detailing his thought about the paucity of engineering colleges within Maharashtra. Afterwards he spend time meeting people who could help him in his journey and met the likes of Shri Vasantdada Patil, Shri Sudhakarrao Naik, Shri Sharad Pawar amongst others. With their blessing and of many others Prof Karad Sir embarked on the first step of his massive journey. In 1983 the government of Maharashtra finally granted permission to establish 8 private unaided colleges. Using the land bestowed from the Ghaisas family, MIT, Engineering College was formally opened on 5th August 1983.
And with that the journey of Prof V D Karad Sir had just begun! One of the first projects undertaken by MAEER’s MIT under his auspices was the ‘Shree Kshetra Alandi-Dehu Parisar Vikas Samiti’. It was to establish better ghats, resting and bathing facilities for the thousands of pilgrims that undertake the Warkari pilgrimage. The celebration of the 700th year of the Grantharaj Dnyaneshwari was held in 1992 by inscribing the Pasaydan on 35 tolas of Gold and the entire Dyaneshwari on 250 Kg’s of copper plates. But Prof Karad Sir still felt as of more could be achieved by focussing on the spiritual development of people and students. To this end he established the World Peace Centre (Alandi) in the year 1996 at the end of a ‘World Philosopher’s meet’ that he took great pain to organise. This was a culmination of Prof Karad Sir’s dream where he envisioned knowledge and spiritual growth to be the pillars that will support peace throughout the world eventually.
While spiritual development was being concentrated upon, Prof Karad Sir was not ignoring the temporal developments to his engineering college. MIT grew in strength and soon enough encompassed 8 engineering disciplines that were being taught on campus. In addition MAAER’s established MANET (Maharashtra Academy of Naval Education and Training). Not content with just catering to the engineering needs of the country Prof Karad Sir turned to the medical needs of the country and established MIMSR (Maharashtra Institute of Science and Research) and MIMER in short time.
Prof Karad Sir had by now firmly developed his concept of a ‘Value Based Universal Education System’ which would couple the traditional ‘Guru-Shishya’ tradition with modern education. The fruition of this school of thought was to be the Vishwashanti Gurukul established at Rajbaug, India on a 100 acres of land gifted to MAEER by the Bollywood Kapoor family who were absolutely enamoured by the concept and vision of the School as espoused by him. This School provides an international standard of education while upholding the ancient teaching traditions of India.
And now, with Prof Karad Sir having planted the seeds of such giant dreams, he can be assured of it bearing fruit now. His son, Shri Rahul Karad Sir, an alumni of Harvard Business School, has now established the MIT School of Governance (MIT-SOG) to cater to the needs of students with political and bureaucratic ambitions. He plans to open such colleges in all Indian states so as to foster greater pubic participation in the governance and administration of our great country. The established School of management (MIT-SOM) and School of Business (MIT-SOB) both have flourished under the care and watch of Shri Rahul Karad Sir, a feat made possible by his own strength of vision as possessed by his father.
MAEER now has numerous colleges and universities under its flagship and is more committed than ever to serving the educational needs of the people of India. This noble journey and effort might have started with an introspective child from the rural hinterlands of Maharashtra, but its end will not be coming anytime soon. This vision will stand the test of time and more, and all the while it will strengthen and contribute to our educational and spiritual development.
The human race is witnessing and experiencing scientific and technological developments like Artificial Intelligence, Internet, Instant Communication, Space travel, Medical breakthroughs on one hand and total chaos, confusion, clashes, conflicts, terrorism, bloodshed and massacre in the name of caste, creed, religion, land and resources on the other hand.
There is a degradation and disregard of ethical, social, moral, cultural and ecological values. A culture of revolt and action rather than patience and tolerance seems to be emerging in today’s youth. Amidst this challenging environment, I am happy that an island of hope and stability is emerging with a mission to promote the ethos of value-based education, and at the same time, creating awareness amongst the young students about the importance of establishing a Culture of Peace for a holistic global society.
In an era when we are struggling to keep up with our ancient value education system; character building among the young global citizens of MAEER’s MIT, now MIT World Peace University, is encouraged, which nurtures the spirit of mutual co-operation and respect and blends it with professional careers of its learners. Today, it gives me a deep sense of satisfaction and pride to see the glorious achievements of MIT-World Peace University and my dream of VALUE BASED UNIVERSAL EDUCATION SYSTEM coming into reality.
For thousands of students, MIT-World Peace University is a gateway to their professional life. For nearly four decades, we have led the development of education in emerging technologies and modern professional practices to meet the needs of the challenging and volatile job market. In this demanding environment, quality is paramount. MIT-WPU endeavours to provide the finest environment for teaching, learning, research, innovation and character building.
As a reputed academic institution, MIT-WPU especially values its intellectual and academic relationships with industrial communities that provide the foundation from which it will continue to look to the widest horizons, enriching both itself and the society of which it is an inseparable part.
I hope and feel confident that the students of MIT-WPU family with their wide exposure to academic and professional fields will leave a mark nationally or globally wherever they go, by exhibiting their sound professional knowledge, unimpeachable character, sense of discipline and commitment. I wish my MIT-WPU family and all the freshman of the incoming batch grand success and the Best of Luck.
Rev. Prof. Dr. Vishwanath D. Karad
Founder & President
MIT World Peace University